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The social development of leadership and knowledge: a reflexive inquiry into research and practice

The social development of leadership and knowledge: a reflexive inquiry into research and practice

Warwick, Robert, 1964-; Board, Douglas, 1957-

Leadership and knowledge should be developed together: developed as two intimately linked ideas, and developed with other people.The authors make this surprising argument through extensive, theoretically-disciplined use of narratives from their managerial and doctoral experience. This volume is an inspiring resource for students and providers of practice-based research degrees, while offering practitioners, tired of broken promises from neat frameworks and models, unexpected opportunities to develop leadership impact and academic insight.Ranging from complexity to sociology, and from leadership to ontology and epistemology, the central theory of this work draws on Bourdieu's logic of practice and Stacey's complex responsive processes of relating. It yields new ideas about reflexivity and essentially contested concepts. Since theory is not split from practice, nor emotions and politics from thought, full-time doctoral students will find an enlivening perspective on method as well as courage and support for the journey they are making

Book. English.
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: Robert Warwick and Douglas Board
ISBN: 1137005505, 9781137005502
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 210- 216) and indexes.
Physical Description: xiv, 221 pages ; 23 cm
Subject: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Leadership.; Management Study and teaching (Higher); BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management.; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Education.; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Strategic Planning.; Organizational sociology Study and teaching (Higher); Leadership Study and teaching (Higher)

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. PART I: PART I: EXPERIENCING CURIOSITY
  3. 1. Two Cities - Journeying between Research and Practice
  4. 2. In Practice - Towards the Completion of Research
  5. PART II: A VISIT TO THE LIBRARY
  6. 3. On Knowledge - Some Thoughts and Opportunities
  7. 4. On Leadership - Some Thoughts and Opportunities
  8. 5. Complexity and Power Relations
  9. 6. Reflexivity - Introductory Themes
  10. 7. Reflexivity - Engaging with Pierre Bourdieu
  11. PART III: CREATING KNOWLEDGE
  12. 8. Immersed Reflexivity
  13. 9. Contribution to Leadership and Knowledge
  14. PART IV: INVITING ENGAGEMENT
  15. 10. In Practice - beyond the Viva
  16. 11. In Practice - Writing this Book and Beyond
  17. PART V: MAKING AN 'ENDING' AND OFFERING A 'BEGINNING'
  18. 12. A Practical Guide to Exploring Immersed Reflexivity
  19. 13. The Confluence of Knowledge and Leadership

Author note

Robert Warwick is Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, City University, London, UK, and works in strategic change and organisational development within organisations such as the UK's National Health Service. He is interested in complexity and how policy and strategy decisions come to affect people on the frontline.

Douglas Board is a career and leadership coach with 18 years of experience in board-level executive search and is also author of Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead.

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Leadership and knowledge should be developed together: developed as two intimately linked ideas, and developed with other people.

The authors make this surprising argument through extensive, theoretically-disciplined use of narratives from their managerial and doctoral experience. This volume is an inspiring resource for students and providers of practice-based research degrees, while offering practitioners, tired of broken promises from neat frameworks and models, unexpected opportunities to develop leadership impact and academic insight.

Ranging from complexity to sociology, and from leadership to ontology and epistemology, the central theory of this work draws on Bourdieu's logic of practice and Stacey's complex responsive processes of relating. It yields new ideas about reflexivity and essentially contested concepts. Since theory is not split from practice, nor emotions and politics from thought, full-time doctoral students will find an enlivening perspective on method as well as courage and support for the journey they are making.

Reviews

'In inquiring into knowledge and leadership, and the connections between the two, these authors pull off an amazing feat; they not only demystify the fundamentals of reflexive research but do so in a vivid, informative and engaging way. Any researcher, especially any practitioner seeking to make better sense of their lived experience, will benefit from reading this book and should make it their first port of call. '

Linda Holbeche, Co-Director of the Holbeche Partnership and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Progressive Leadership at City of London University, UK

'As a successful leader, are you curious that the books on leadership often bear little resemblance to your daily practice? To explore this question seriously you may consider a PhD or other post-graduate qualification. The authors offer an insight into their personal reflexive search for academic knowledge that has in turn enabled them to better understand their own practice. Reading this book may help you to become more effective as a leader, or can be seen as an invitation to start your own doctoral research.'

Professor Nol Groot, Management and Complexity, PhD School, Open University in the Netherlands and former Member of the Executive Board of the Dutch National Railways

'The authors present viable and much needed research approaches to explore complex relationships within organizational cultures and the lived experiences of leaders and organizational participants. Using examples from their own research, they provide a strong balance between theory and practice, and engage the reader through use of metaphor, narrative storytelling and case-study methodologies. This book will be an extremely valuable resource for any research practitioner in the fields of organizational studies, educational leadership, higher education and management as well as those who seek to understand the social, emotional, and political layers and entanglements of organizational life.'

Sheri Klein, PhD, MFA, artist/educator/researcher and Professor (ret.) of Art Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA.